Peter Gunn (1958–1961)
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The Chinese Hangman 

A young man enters his apartment and is immediately put into a sleeper hold by a huge assailant waiting inside, in the dark. The assailant hoists the victim into a hanging noose, and kicks ... See full summary »

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Joanna Lund
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Ahben Unesku
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David Bryce
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A young man enters his apartment and is immediately put into a sleeper hold by a huge assailant waiting inside, in the dark. The assailant hoists the victim into a hanging noose, and kicks a stool out from under him. The death is ruled a suicide. The giant is an assistant to Ahben Vanesku, a cult leader who hires Peter Gunn to find a female cult member who supposedly embezzled $ 200,000 from the cult. Gunn tracks the beautiful woman to Spain. Written by David Stevens

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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27 October 1958 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Lt. Jacoby: [entering Unesku's house and surprised to see Gunn] Oh, no. I'm gettin' a little tired of this.
Peter Gunn: Maybe, if you got more rest, Lieutenant.
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Peter Gunn
Music by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini and His Orchestra; John Williams, piano; Robert Bain, guitar; Jack Sperling, drums; Rolly Bundock, bass; Larry Bunker, vibes; Richard Nash, Milt Bernhart, trombone; Pete Candoli, Conrad Gozzo', trumpet; Ted Nash, alto sax; Ronnie Lang, baritone sax; Gene Cipriano, flute.
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Possibly the Series Pilot?
11 March 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A series oddity. I'm guessing that based on the release date, narrative oddities, and a floating Pete (no Mother, Edie, or urban haunts) this may have been a pilot episode. Anyhow, Pete's hired by an exotic cult leader (Marcuse) to track down a comely follower (Marshall) who, he claims, stole money from the temple. Pete better not slip up or the leader's giant enforcer (Baer) will dangle him 2-feet off the ground.

Opening the entry is the customary grabber, but no trademark noirish atmosphere or verbal fencing with Jacobi. In place of a cool jazz scene, Pete ends up in Spain with Spanish background tunes. Note too Pete's voice-over conveying his thoughts, a definite departure from series norm. On the other hand, are the usual exotics, plus an Edie look-alike, Marshall. All in all, it's a good story with a neat twist. And if it was a pilot, I'm not surprised the series got picked up for network showing.


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